Professor Karim issues a Covid-19 2nd wave warning for SA

Professor Karim issues a Covid-19 2nd wave warning for SA

- Professor Salim Abdool Karim has given South Africa a stern warning that a second wave of the virus could be coming

- Karim said that "rage" parties are a huge contributing factor to the new cases of Covid-19

- The professor is worried about the spread of the virus as Christmas is coming and people will be travelling

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South African epidemiologist and infectious diseases specialist Professor Salim Abdool Karim has given Mzansi a serious warning about the pandemic. He is also the head of the Ministerial Advisory Committee on Covid-19. The professor foresees a second-wave of the virus coming with new cases increasing everyday.

Professor Karim said that big events such as rage are culprits for the fast spread of Covid-19. Over 100 new infections can be traced back to rage parties and this is worrying as people are going to be travelling ahead of Christmas.

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"What we witnessed at the Ballito Rage is a super spreading event. One or two of these events and the virus takes off. Everybody who attended the Ballito Matric Rage should quarantine," said Karim.
Professor Salim Abdool Karim issues a Covid-19 second wave warning for South Africa
Professor Salim Abdool Karim has issued a Covid-19 second wave warning for South Africa. Source: @ProfAbdoolKarim
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The professor spoke about how he is deeply concerned about what might transpire on 16 December, 2020:

"We will have hundreds and thousands of people moving, that’s what’s worrying me. Movement restrictions won’t be practical. Rather wear a mask, sanitise, socially distance," he said.

The health analyst said that he was very concerned about the growing number of cases in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal. He said that this meant that there is a clear pathway for a second-wave of the virus. previously reported that Covid-19 cases spiked after thousands of teens celebrated rage parties. It is that time of year again, when thousands of teens flood the party scene to celebrate the end of the school year and for many of them, they are celebrating the end of school, having completed matric.

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However, during a global pandemic mixing with thousands of random strangers is not the wisest thing to do and as a result, testing centres are being overwhelmed by Covid-19 tests.

According to Dr Kamz Govender of the Value Health Hillcrest Medical & Urgent Care Centre, many of the test are being requested by families who learned that their children's friends had tested positive for Covid-19.

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